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Rockstart

Agrifood

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Rockstart AgriFood is a domain-focused accelerator-VC with >€18million in capital dedicated to find, invest in, support and empower top AgriFood tech startups. We support early-stage startups going from early market validation to become a market-leading company, starting with our accelerator program and continuing to co-invest up to Series B. Our customized program runs ~5 days per month for 6 months between Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

 

Program Timeline

  • March 11 Applications Open
  • April 30 Applications Closed
  • May 2020 Selection Calls
  • 3 - 5 June Selection Days
  • Summer 2020 Program Start

Investment Focus

We established Rockstart AgriFood to invest in the best agritech and foodtech startups using commercially viable solutions to help drive positive change in our food supply system.

At Rockstart AgriFood, we view the food supply system holistically and seek solutions addressing core challenges from soil to consumption. Three of the core issues we look to help solve are:

  • OPTIMIZING PROCESSES & PRACTICES

    Driving efficiency in the food supply system with better connectivity & distribution.

  • STOPPING FOOD WASTE

    33% of what we produce is wasted - it’s time to unlock this value and reduce CO2.

  • DRIVING SUSTAINABILITY & TRANSPARENCY

    Consumers need better access to sustainable, nutritious and trust-worthy food.

Contributing to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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AGRIFOOD ACCESS PROGRAM

Rockstart provides startups with access to the capital, market, community, and expertise by connecting them to partners, investors, mentors and our extended network. We create programs that are customized to boost collaboration between startups and corporates, driving faster access to co-creation, commercial partnerships, and investment.

Our 2019 AgriFood Program has been very successful (see community stats below). It was rated 9/10 by the cohort of 10 startups. The Net Promoter Score is 83, something we’re quite proud of!

  • Market

    We connect founders with the most relevant industry players and facilitate the process in order to drive partnerships and pilot customers for the startups in the AgriFood program.
    • 3x Country Offices
    • 30+ Corporate Connections
  • Expertise

    We have brought together an impressive lineup of mentors, who bring expertise in AgriFood, data science, product and building businesses around technologies from scratch.
    • 7+ Domain Mentors
    • 55+ Workshops & Sessions
    • 20+ Business Topics
    • 1.000+ Consultancy Hours
  • Community

    We give founders access to Rockstart's international community of alumni and provide access to state-of-the-art research know-how and talent.
    • 22 Domain-specific Events
    • 5 Investor Events
    • 350+ Face-to-Face Connections
    • 1.500+ Network Introductions
    • 46k SoMe Reach
  • Capital

    We offer follow-on investments in participating startups up until Series B. We organize events in which we match startups with local and international investors from Rockstart's network.
    • €18M+ Fund Size
    • 10 Portfolio Size
    • Pre-seed to Series B
    • 7+ Countries Investor Base
    • 100+ Participating Investors

ROCKSTART TRACK RECORD

  • accelerated
    startups

  • follow-on
    funding rate

  • funding raised
    (MILLION)

  • exits
    realized

  • total alumni
    value

  • total jobs
    created

Portfolio & Testimonials

  • "I appreciated the whole program, from the people to the output. It is run by a trustful team who helps and supports you. Moreover, it provides relevant connections on an international level which is really helpful!"
    • Mattia Nanetti - COO
  • "I think Rockstart AgriFood program is really useful, it brings you a lot of tangible benefits with a deep focus on the startups. It ran very smoothly and provided consistent value throughout the whole period. I was very happy to have gone through it."
    • Robert Schmitt - CEO
  • "It can bring you to a new level. We could talk to many experts, who we would never have if we would not have joined the program."
    • Mikael Eydt - CEO
  • "It has been a big help to professionalize our startup and preparing us for the next part of our journey."
    • Solveig Felbo - CEO
  • "From the coaching sessions to mentor meetings, ecosystem events to investor dinners, Rockstart has a good structure for getting you introduced to people who can make a difference. It helped mold our business and also raise a round in the process."
    • Keenan Pinto - CEO
  • "Rockstart shines as a program that actually delivers what it promises. It can do wonders to your company and combined with the fund it’s an unbeatable combination."
    • Katja Ratamäki - CEO
  • "Rockstart Agrifood is a very well-run, founder friendly accelerate program with a huge EU network you can benefit from."
    • Jyotiska Khasnabish - CTO
  • "I got a lot out of the program and I have been super happy with the help from the Rockstart team and the sparring from the cohort, mentors and 1-1."
    • Thomas Mamburay - CEO
  • "Rockstart has connected us to a wide community of mentors and investors and helped us find our product-market fit. It's a very well-structured program that grooms founders in every aspect."
    • Rajat Gupta - CEO
  • "Rockstart Agrifood program stood out to us for its personalized approach and deep domain expertise, which is hard to find in the agriculture technology industry. The program is a successful combination of development support, specific industry network and a dedicated fund which brings a lot of value to the portfolio, and the industry at large."
    • Nikita Gulin - CEO

Rockstart Team

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VIDEO Q&A WITH THE ROCKSTART AGRIFOOD TEAM

 

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